Hi, I am new to posting but have been reading about your experiences for a while. I am having such a hard time to committing to ACDF on C5/C6 and C6/C7. Went for second opinion and both suggest surgery. Very scary. I have been researching the hardware and am have limited info on Synthes Zero-P with PEEK. Seems to make sense, but concerned about the domino effect on the discs above. Currently having debilitating left sided neck, back and shoulder pain. Anytime I do anything even remotely physical, (like doing/folding laundry, emptying the dishwasher, etc) I end up with horrible pain and burning sensation. I love to kayak and ride my horse but have been told not to do either. Is anyone familiar with this type if hardware? Surgeon says I can drive after having sutures out after one week. Return to light duty desk job after two weeks. Can this be possible? Returning to neuro on August 10th 2011 with more questions and potentially setting up Sx date for August 25th. Please help a very scared newbie!
Thank you so very much!
C7 compression fracture 39 yrs ago (49 years young now)
Multiple level DDD
Left sided osteophyte/hard disc at the C6-7 level
Central and to the right soft disc osteophyte at the C6-7 level
Meds: flexeril, Lortab 5/500, Effexor-XR
Radiographs, MRI, Nerve Conduction test,
P/T, Traction, Tens Unit at home, Cervical Epidurals> all either intensifying pain or limited time relief.
Neurosurgeons-two consultations recommending ACDF